Here is a quote from an Essay by James Dorn about how big government has wrecked the people it was supposed to help:
“When democracy overreaches, there is no end to the demands on the public purse, and the power of government grows. The Founding Fathers sought to create a republic with limited government, not an unlimited democracy in which the ‘winners’ are allowed to impose their will and vision of the good society on everyone else. In such a system politics becomes a fight of all against all, like the Hobbesian jungle, and nearly everyone is a net loser as taxes rise, deficits soar, and economic growth slows.”
|If you want to help the poor|
do not sell them into slavery
I think one of the greatest deceptions affecting a younger generations of Christians in America is this one: If you don’t support “helping the poor by force” via civil government, then you don’t care about the poor.
I think those that hold to this belief would vehemently oppose that way of saying it, but that is indeed the logic behind what is being said.
I would go so far as to say compulsory government “help” of the “poor” is very unloving. It robs resources from the productive. It robs their opportunity to give and share and bless. It sells the poor into slavery to government-poverty-mindset systems. If taken too far it will also impoverish the “wealthy” and there will be no wealth left to “distribute.”
The Bible encourages us to “work with our hands so that we would have something to give to those in need.” (Eph 4:28) It also says that “he who does not work does not eat.” (II Thes 3:10)
Productive people voluntarily reaching out to those who don’t know how to be productive is the plan presented in the Bible. Mercy and help even to other productive people whose circumstances have brought difficulty is fitting as well. (In other words, I am not assuming that everyone in need is unproductive. Any of us can come upon hard times!)
|Without a Doubt we need to be productive|
in order to have something to help others in need!
The Old Testament (and New) also provides for help to those whose productivity is limited through no fault of their own. This help primarily comes through family, but God also made provision for orphans, widows, and poor wanderers (Deut 10:18, Isa 58:7, James 1:27). I haven’t read anywhere, though, that presents a compulsory tax-and-distribute based solution.
There is indeed compulsion from our conscience. There is compulsion through God’s promises to bless or curse; but there is no compulsion from a Messianic State.
The State cannot save us, only God can; and we can spread the solution to others by exemplifying generosity and teaching God’s ways.
Summary: It is not loving or Christian to “tax the rich” in order to “help the poor.” It is loving to teach God’s ways and be generous with those in need.
One of Freedomthirst’s readers posted a comment on the post “The Day Socialism Comes to America” that I decided to respond to with a full post instead of just a reply.
To be a conservative, you must believe that every person who works for government is lazy, foolish, shiftless and corrupt, and that the result of any efforts these people make will be a tragedy and a farce.
I don’t believe every person working for the government fits your description and yet some have called me a conservative. 🙂
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” — John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton
“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it” — William Pitt the Younger
I want to research the word “liberalism.” I don’t consider the word an insult or a “name”, but a description of a way of thinking. My observation is that liberalism almost always equals secular humanism. Some who label themselves “liberal” have embraced a secular humanist world view. Others simply call themselves liberal because they prefer some of the list of beliefs that liberalism espouses.
As a general rule, it appears to me that “liberals” and “secular humanists” believe in pursuing some degree of a Socialist Economy.
I recently re-read the Communist Manifesto. The Manifesto mentions a number of goals such as, for example, “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax” that seem to me to be very similar to liberal beliefs.
These observations are what led me to be quite interested in Joseph Farah’s article!
It is interesting to me that you responded the way you did. I think one of the essential viewpoints of Conservative belief is that power entrusted to government tends to corrupt, yet freedom entrusted to individuals tends to reproduce more and more freedom.
As always, thanks for your participation!